When you think of America’s wine regions, Berkshire County probably isn’t the first area that comes to mind. Did you know that the Berkshires are quietly becoming one of the country’s newest wine areas, with fabulous new wineries popping up here and there? The fertile ground, crisp air, and spirit of ingenuity come together for some fantastic wine making in our region.
One of the most established wineries in the region is Furnace Brook Winery at Hilltop Orchards, in Richmond. Set amidst the rolling Berkshire hills, the winery is a part of Hilltop Orchards, so not only can you find their wines there but you can also stroll through the apple orchards (and pick them in season), stop by their orchard shop and purchase fresh fruit pies and cider donuts and pick up a bottle of wine or two to bring home. The wine shop at Furnace Brook Winery can ship bottles or cases directly to your home, so you can have a bit of the Berkshires, even when you are far away.
Further south is Les Trois Emme Vinyard & Winery, a small family run business in New Marlborough. Their most well-known wine is known as Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin wine, and though it is most popular in the autumn months, it sells well year-round. The winery offers tours where you can learn about the wine making process and tastings ($8/person). Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery while you eat. Les Trois Emme also hosts events at the winery, such as Paint and Sip nights, where you can paint a set of wine glasses while enjoying a glass of wine. They also offer live music on their patio.
If you think that all wineries must have several acres of land to succeed, you’d be surprised to find Balderdash Cellars, located right in the heart of the city of Pittsfield. Founded in 2011, this boutique winery uses grapes grown in specialty vineyards in California, to produce their distinctive wines. Come and check out their fun, award-winning labels and meet the owner how as a degree in viniculture. Offering several interesting varieties, you’re sure to find a wine to love. Balderdash Cellar’s ‘Cellar Club’ offers discounts to its members, complimentary wine tastings, and access to limited production offerings.
The Berkshire’s wine region is burgeoning with possibilities and with the farm-to-table movement that is so prevalent in this area, along with the unique culture that the Berkshires are known for it won’t be long before labels from the Berkshires are making their way on to top wine lists throughout the country.